October 28, 2020

Feast of the Apostles Simon and Jude

Saint Paul today reminds us of this great mystery: that we are not strangers, but fellow citizens with the holy ones and members of the household of God. That household is built on the prophets and apostles with Jesus as the capstone. We are indeed part of the communion of saints, the cloud of witnesses, which includes us and all those who have gone on before us who remain united to us in Jesus the capstone.

The Trinity is a universal symbol and cause of unity in diversity. Just as our God is diverse, so are the citizens and holy ones in the household of God. We are male and female, we are black, white, brown, yellow and red, gay and straight, we are married, single, and celibate; old and young, and we are rich, poor, and middle class. We live on seven continents with varying forms of government.

We are also diverse in how we each live out our uniqueness and diversity. We are mystics, missionaries, martyrs, ministers. We are prophets, priests, pastors. We are healers, teachers, public servants, statesmen, technicians, advocates, artists, artisans, students, builders, miners, farmers, mothers, fathers and children

We are also the hungry, the imprisoned, the homeless, the addicted, the refugee, the immigrant, the single mother, the ill, the despondent, alienated, grieving, and despairing.

Some might describe this household of God a bit “messy” and would like to “clean it up.” Do all these people really belong? Yes, they do. For the household is a community of saints and sinners. What brought us all into it is due to no merit of our own, but the fortuitous grace of God. Let us today give thanks for this great diversity and for our own call to belong to this household of God. Let us love one another!

Let Us Pray:

God of all creation, through the merits of Jesus, you have welcomed us all into your household. This was made so by your loving grace and mercy. May we honor and esteem our fellow members of your household and celebrate its great diversity while we work to strengthen its unity. Through Jesus Christ. Amen.


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About Patrick Riley

Patrick is an Associate of the Blessed Sacrament at St Paschal Baylon Church in Cleveland, Ohio. He is the Book Review Editor for Emmanuel Magazine.